*includes Weston Turville, Aston Clinton, Buckland, Drayton Beauchamp, Stoke Mandeville, Wendover, Halton, Hulcott, Bierton with Broughton and Kingsbrook
Check your roof is suitable or get a Free Quotation – email info@IDDEA.co.uk or call 01494 614525 with your name, address and phone number and say you’re from Wendover and Villages Solar Streets. IDDEA will do a desktop search via Google Earth and get back to you with the details
Solar Streets is a way of getting solar panels for your house or business at discounted prices. You can directly help in the fight against climate change, as well as helping your local community, as a donation is given to the Community Fund on every install – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one.
Your solar panels will be installed by IDDEA Ltd. Established in 2007, IDDEA have depots in Westbury in Wiltshire, and High Wycombe in Bucks, and have installed over 1,000 solar projects across the South and are committed to supporting communities to take action against climate change. They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including High Wycombe, Marlow, Henley, Chinnor, and Thame, as well as further afield in Frome, Wells, Swanage, and others.
If you have any questions to do with Solar Streets or anything you’ve seen on this page then email us at Info@SolarStreets.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.
Let’s make Wendover and Villages Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.
Launch Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom
Wednesday 22nd September at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Did you miss the Launch Presentation? Click HERE to watch the recording now.
If you have any questions please contact us on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk
Who is Involved?
A Message from your Green Advocates
“Climate Action Wendover are delighted to support this Solar Streets Initiative. We are a local group that was formed 18 months ago to focus on reducing our communities’ carbon footprint, improve our reuse and recycling and increase local biodiversity. We want to demonstrate that a single community can make a difference to the global climate crisis. Installing Solar PV panels on your house or business premises is one very significant step to reducing your carbon footprint and over time saving you money. IDDEA are a well-established company, have run similar projects in many other local towns such as Thame, Chinnor, and High Wycombe, and they will work directly with homeowners to provide bespoke solutions whilst providing excellent value through economies of scale. We encourage you to attend the Zoom meeting to learn more and if you would like to know more about Climate Action Wendover then please visit our website at www.climateactionwendover.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/climateactionwendover “
Paul Moring, Chair, Climate Action Wendover
“Buckinghamshire Community Energy is delighted to work with Climate Action Wendover and IDDEA to bring Solar Streets to Wendover and Villages. Our main objective is to help to reduce carbon emissions in Buckinghamshire, and the Wendover and Villages area can have a big impact on getting this to Net Zero by 2030. We are hoping lots of residents will take advantage of the Solar Streets offer to invest in affordable, renewable energy to ensure more of the electricity they use daily is zero carbon, and therefore better for the planet.”
Kirsty Shanahan, Founder Member and Director,
Buckinghamshire Community Energy
What’s the Deal?
What is available in the Scheme?
The Standard Offering is a 3.6 kWp system including installation and is from £4,100 – this is likely to suit a 3-Bedroom house. However, you may need a smaller or larger system, and these are offered with the same percentage discount as the Standard Offering. For example, a 4.3 kWp system of 12 panels is from £4,300 and will suit a larger house or larger consumption of electricity. You may also wish to take advantage of optional extras (see below).
Solar PV Panels
The standard offering now features black 360Wp panels from Longi. Trina Solar manufacture Longi panels and they are listed as number 6 in the top 19 Ethical Companies Report. Other panels we sometimes use are Jinko panels (listed at number 5) and JA Solar panels (listed at number 7). See below for images from the report.
A standard 3.6 kWp, 10 panel system saves approx 1T of carbon dioxide per year (Jan2020) according to the Energy Saving Trust (energysavingtrust.org.uk). If you imagine a cube 8.2 m (27 ft) filled with carbon dioxide, then that’s the amount of carbon saved in 1T.
The prices for panels have just increased but the power has also increased from 340 w to 360 w per panel, and so you can now get a reasonable system on smaller roofs. The Solar Street prices for full installation are now:
3.6 kWp 10 panel system approx £4,100 and
4.32 kWp 12 panel system approx £4,300
The Community Fund
IDDEA add £50 per residential installation and £100 for a commercial installation into the Community Fund
The Community Fund will be spent on green projects to benefit Wendover and Villages
If you are worried about losing power from your panels because of shading issues, or a single panel failing and knocking out the others, then you can upgrade your system to an optimised system. This uses a different inverter which controls optimisers on each panel so that if one panel has a problem, the inverter takes it out of the system so it doesn’t affect the rest of the panels and they will go on producing electricity as normal. We only suggest an optimised system if you have a severe shading problem as it is not necessary otherwise. When you ask IDDEA for a quote be sure to tell them you may want an optimised system. This will add approximately £990 onto the cost of your normal system whatever size system you go for, but it will be itemised in the quote so you know exactly what you’re paying for.
Battery Storage Systems
If you are going to need to use your Solar PV output in the evening then you will need a battery to store the energy during the day for use later. A 5kW Givenergy battery is £3,055.50 fitted when you have it installed with the panels.
You can have a battery fitted later if you want but it will be more expensive as the VAT changes. The price installed with the panels only has 5% VAT on it, but the price installed later has 20% VAT on it.
Use this neat little add-on device, which attaches to your water tank, to heat your water with your solar energy. The iBoost diverts any excess solar power to your tank to heat your water (rather than using your gas or oil boiler to do this). This generally saves you more money than selling your excess back to the grid at 5p per unit. Please note: you need a water tank with a heating element, this doesn’t work on combi-boilers. An iBoost is £315 when fitted with your panels.
Electric Vehicle Charging Points
We can easily put in a charging point for your electric vehicle at the same time as we install your panels. However, IDDEA generally don’t do stand-alone charging points – it’s only cost effective if it’s done on the back of installing your panels.
If your electric car is sat at home during the day (as many are at the moment) then you can use your panels to charge it. Many people think about using their car battery as battery storage to use later, but you can only do this if you have a 2-way charger so you can take the power out of the battery and back to the grid when you need to. Most 2-way chargers are only in trials at the moment, but you will be able to buy them in the future. Currently IDDEA only install regular one way chargers.
You must decide how to fund the panels yourself – there are the usual funding avenues for you to explore, including re-mortgaging and low percentage loans, but you must decide yourself what is appropriate for your situation. IDDEA take debit and credit cards.
Low-Income Households – there is currently an offer from the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to home owners or tenants on low incomes. Call them on 0800 038 6030 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://nef.org.uk/project/green-homes-grant/
“The National Energy Foundation are working alongside local authorities in Watford, Hertsmere, Three Rivers, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to deliver grants to eligible citizens. As part of the governments Green Home Grant initiative, we have been given funding to help low-income residents make energy saving changes to improve the warmth and wellbeing of their home and to help the UK on the path to net zero. Homes can benefit from measures such as insulation as well as heating upgrades to help improve your home’s performance in a programme fully funded by this grant.”
This is how you qualify – Homeowners and Private Tenants – you must have a household income of less than £30,000 (can increase to £45,750 if 2 adults and 4 children) AND your EPC rating (Energy Performance Certificate) must be C or lower. Homeowners may be able to claim up to £10,000 and Landlords of Private Tenants may be able to claim up to £5,000 per property for green improvements like solar pv, insulation and led lightbulbs if this increases the EPC rating of the property.
Homeowners – an EPC is produced whenever a house is sold, so you should have received one when you bought your house. Private Tenants – your landlord will have a current EPC. However, if you’re not sure how to find out any of this information simply phone NEF on 0800 038 6030 or email them on email@example.com and they will help you find out this information.
Please Note: you can only claim things that improve your EPC. Solar pv panels will improve your EPC but batteries will not. However if you qualify for free panel installation then NEF have no objection to you contracting with IDDEA directly to pay for add-ons like batteries yourself, as long as they are installed at the same time.
For all the options below please remember to let us know you are part of Wendover and Villages Solar Streets so we can apply your discount.
Also, you may be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000 towards your Business Project from Low Carbon Workspaces – they are completely independent of Solar Streets – check them out here to see if they are operating in your area: www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk
For businesses who don’t have enough roof space or just want extra solar electricity, you can add solar canopies to your car park space – you can still use it as a car park but the panels sit on a canopy above the cars on a secure steel structure – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
If you use a lot of electricity in your business and have a large roof on your workspace then ask us about a commercial installation and see how you can save on your electricity bill – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
If your business doesn’t have the funds to hand for the installation but you still want to use Green Electricity then ask us about a Power Purchase Agreement where you do not have any upfront cost but you can still save money on the per unit rate you pay for your electricity – please note, a PPA usually runs for 10 to 25 years so it is not a short-term option, but can be a great option if you own your building or have a very long lease – ask us at Info@IDDEA.co.uk
The Power Purchase Agreement (explained above), is a particularly good option for SCHOOLS and COLLEGES that have the roof space and the electricity demand but don’t have the immediate funds, because you will usually either own the building or be staying in the same building for a long time. All the upfront costs of installing and maintaining the panels are paid for – you can then save money on your electricity bills by paying a lower per unit rate for your electricity secure in the knowledge that you are also reducing your carbon footprint. This is a great teaching point for your students also.
To find out more information on the Scheme then click on the green boxes below.
Please note: if you are hard of hearing or find it difficult to watch the videos then we have written transcripts available for all of them – just ask us for them on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk
How Do I Get the Deal?
Contact IDDEA directly through Info@IDDEA.co.uk and tell them you are part of Wendover and Villages Solar Streets. Provide your name, phone number and address with postcode.
They will conduct a desktop survey of your property making sure it is suitable for solar panels – this is done across the internet using Google Earth.
They would normally then come and see you for a physical survey, but these are not normal times, and so the next step is to gather more information about your property by talking to you and emailing.
They will produce a free quotation. If you want any added extras they will explain them all to you clearly and with transparant prices – there will be no hard sell ever.
When you accept the quotation in principal, IDDEA will come out and do a technical survey of your property to make sure that the quotation is correct. If everything is OK they will resubmit the quotation to you and if you want to go ahead then a 25% deposit is taken. Please be assured that IDDEA are members of HIES, which offers consumers protection against unforseen issues. If anything should happen to IDDEA and they could not continue your installation, then HIES will make sure you get your money back. https://www.hiesscheme.org.uk/
A date will be set for the installation and just before installation takes place then an extra 35% is payable.
When the installation is complete and successfully signed off you pay the extra 40%.
Even during lockdown solar panels can be installed as they are classed as “permitted construction”.